Have you ever been approached in a parking lot by a smarmy person trying to sell you stereo speakers?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
September 21, 2016 5:08pm CST
Here's how it goes: You are approached by a couple of slightly shady looking guys in the parking lot of Good Guys, Best Buy, or some other retail outlet. They are standing next to a white van. They say something along the lines of: "Hey, we just did an install at someone's house and they gave us an extra pair of speakers. These are worth $2500, but we'll let you have them for $800." They show you a couple of boxes and one of them says: "Retail price: $2500" on the box, along with a product name like "Kirsch." You say, "I'll give you $200. That's the best I can do." They accept it, and you drive home thinking you've gotten a great deal. Actually what you've bought are speakers worth about $40. They are so poorly designed they can damage your amplifier. You have been "had" by what's called the "White Van Speaker Scam." White van scammers are all over the United States, and I believe they are present in Europe and Australia as well. I'm not sure about Asia or the Philippines. They used the "door in the face" sales technique on you (starting at a very high price and coming down), and sold you garbage (rubbish, if you're in Britain) at a handsome profit. If you are approached by someone offering you "high end speakers at a great price," DO NOT BUY THEM, no matter how low they are willing to go on price. I've been approached a couple of times, but sensed that something was way off, so I didn't bite. Note: Much of this post originally appeared on "the site that will not be named." This is the first time I've used a "saved" post on MyLot. Have you done that yet, assuming you wrote "over there," or on other similar sites? Photo is by me.
14 people like this
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Sep 16
I haven't heard of that scam, but I wouldn't be interested in what they have to offer at any rate. Good to know you're on your toes and watching out for us who know no better. I think I have posted an article I had from the site that will not be named. By any chance are you reading Harry Potter and expect bad things to happen if you name that which should not be named?
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Sep 16
No, for me, it's an extension of a family joke from the days of our road trips from Chicago to Montana. There was a town in Eastern Montana that was so ugly and barren, we decided we couldn't sully ourselves by calling it by name. Is "that which shall not be named" from Harry Potter as well?
• Aurora, Missouri
28 Sep 16
Most of the time, around here, at least, the person is selling box lots of steaks or lobster..... once it was a box lot of pork chops.... I never buy from those guys! The top layer of the meat looks perfect. Anything below that is normally green or not even food, let alone steak or lobster! (This scam was featured on the news here quite some time ago.) I haven't used any of my bubbles on any other site, yet. I did write some pretty interesting posts for that site, as well as WebAnswers, but I never think anyone will be interested in reading them. (I usually figure nobody is going to read the few discussion starters I do post, either. I am always surprised when people bother to say anything on them and am not surprised that most people don't bother saying anything on them. (sigh!))
22 Sep 16
I have never heard of them in Europe, but on the Italian toll roads, when you stop at the gasoline stations, there are those who approach you and propose to sell watches and other kind of jewels. This is so well known that the police has placed warning signs.
• Boise, Idaho
21 Sep 16
I am a shortm older woman and if some odd looking 'smarmy' men approached me about this and were standing near a van of any color I would scream bloody murder. Maybe that would scare the bejeseus out of them and they wouldn't be doing this fraudulent act anymore.